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How is yellow fever prevented?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

Vaccination is important for preventing yellow fever. Australians travelling to high risk yellow fever areas should be vaccinated against the disease before travel. Travellers are advised to visit their General Practitioner or travel medicine specialist before travelling overseas to discuss suitable vaccination options. 

Australians should be aware that yellow fever vaccination may be a formal requirement to enter some countries where the disease is present. Travellers to areas where yellow fever may be present are advised to take extra precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

These include:

  • Using insect repellent when outdoors and wearing light, long sleeved protective clothes
  • Treating clothes with repellent
  • Taking extra precautions during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active

Book accommodation in rooms with air conditioning or adequate screening, like a bed net or aerosol room insecticides.


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Sources & Citations

  1. New South Wales Government Health. Yellow Fever. Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018)
  2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Tetanus. Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018).

SPANZ.STAMA.18.05.0185a - Date of preparation May 2018